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Old bridge driven out
The Easter Weekend (25-26-27 March 2016) was a long weekend for me. Quite a few people had asked if I was filming the Rickmansworth Met Bridge replacement. The Bridge in question was the one across Station Road which had already caused lots of disruption in the months previously when the part under the bridge was closed off, at the junction of Station Road and Northway. This was to complete preparatory work on the abutments, which apparently were built on chalk and needed strengthening.
I had taken a few still shots prior and seen the new bridge assembled in Victoria Close and this was the weekend they were doing the replacement. The previous week I had spoken to the men in Victoria Close about the schedule and they told me the A412 was to be closed between 02.00am and 03.30am on Saturday 26th March to facilitate the movement of the new bridge across the main road and after this the old bridge back across to Victoria Close, all in one and a half hours. This would be an event to film on behalf of the Three Rivers Museum.
The old bridge was due to be taken out on Friday (25th) in the afternoon. I was there at 12.15pm and filmed the complete bridge removal, finishing filming at 5.15pm when the old bridge was positioned on the station forecourt. I returned later that night (now the 26th) at 1.30am to film the road movements across the A412. It was a massive undertaking with 4 lifting vehicles positioned under the bridge, each had 8 wheels, individually controlled by a banks-man with a yellow control box.
The move across the A412 went without hitch starting at 2.00am and was completed at 3.07am well within the designated timescale. The new bridge crossed the road and parked down by the station bus stop in Homestead Road whilst the old bridge, which was situated in front of the Station, was driven out of the forecourt and back across the A412 to Victoria Close. This allowed the new bridge to be re-positioned on the station forecourt ready to be moved on Sunday night into its final position. All went according to plan at around midnight and the bridge was finally in situ. The LU works were carried out replacing the tracks on Monday, ready for resumption of Met Line services early Tuesday. Barhale was the company replacing the bridge and all of this action was also captured by their two time lapse cameras, one set up in Victoria Close and the other down by the bridge. You can see some of the time lapse photos showing the move amongst my flickr photos at:-
Three videos were produced and put onto my youtube channel
https://youtu.be/osthm1OxASg Old bridge removal
https://youtu.be/ue0xZmcRiwk Road movements across the A41
https://youtu.be/1NvCZRuvNzs New bridge placement
There is also a full length version incorporating the three above which runs 32 minutes on the Museum youtube site https://youtu.be/p-864gvmPXM
This video can be purchased from Three Rivers Museum at £12 email – email@example.com
All profits go to the support of the Museum.
Really serious contenders
The fifteenth Rickmansworth Pancake Race took place at 11.00 am on Tuesday morning in Rickmansworth High Street. Organised by Watford Mencap and Sponsored by Freedom, the race took part in Rickmansworth High Street, with the end goal of raising vital cash for the charity which supports people with learning disabilities.
Nineteen teams of four runners from local businesses competed in four heats tossing pancakes, the winners then went through to the final. Gibbs Gillespie, a local Estate Agent in the High Street, won narrowly beating CR.
This fantastic community event brought the local community together for some friendly competition in the High Street with lots of banter, cheering on the teams.
Dick Morgan from the Coach and Horses provided the pancakes, prizes and after race refreshments in his pub.
This year’s race saw Watford Mencap raise a record breaking £3000, a sum that can fund 8 children with learning disabilities to attend After School Club at Watford Mencap’s Children’s Centre in Watford.
You can see the race on my YouTube site http://youtu.be/0ESwY3e2BMg
Every team that raised over £200 received a Pancake Medal in a presentation box, featuring the company name engraved on it. A special item to display marking a significant contribution to Watford Mencap.
Filming the action – Photo courtesy of The Watford Observer
More photos on my flickr site
Another very successful Rickmansworth Christmas Evening was enjoyed by local residents on the 27th November 2015. Organised by the Rickmansworth Town Team and particularly Nina Hosking who works so hard to make this event a success. You can see my photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/125623414@N04/albums/72157661713612381
See the video here https://youtu.be/lY7faTAegOg
TRDC Chairman Eric Bishop, wife Viv, and grandson. Nina & Rachel Hosking
There were many visitors to the Three Rivers Museum where Father Christmas was giving out sweets, adults could enjoy one of Museum Chairman Barbara Owen’s delicious mince pies. John Cooper was also in the Museum signing copies of his new book Hertfordshire’s Historic Inland Waterway: Batchworth to Berkhamstead.
The cast of Cinderella the Christmas Panto at Watersmeet, were on stage performing to the delight of the many children in the audience. With supporting acts throughout the evening from local schools and dance academies.
The opening parade through Rickmansworth was headed by the Town Crier Johnathan Carmichael from Ricky Players, followed by the wonderful Chesham All Girls Band who played many Christmas favourites. The parade also included many local schools and the Three Rivers Chairman Eric Bishop and his wife Viv.
On Friday May 15th the Museum was “Taken Over” by pupils from St Mary’s CofE school, Rickmansworth.
Charlotte and Mara were the Museum stewards and showed visitors around the exhibits and artefacts. Charlotte’s area of expertise was Stockers Lake and for Mara it was the Butchers booth.
The girls were confident and well informed guides and their tours were appreciated by the small groups of visitors including Chris Lloyd, Chairman of Three Rivers Council and his wife Yvonne.
The event was a great success and one which the Museum would like to repeat in the future.
Take over Day is run by the charity Kids- in -Museums and is sponsored by the Arts Council.
The Museum is open every afternoon from 2—4pm and on Saturdays from
10—4pm. Please come and see us —– all visitors are very welcome.